The secret to a successful muffin is not to over-mix it. Gently fold the ingredients together only until the flour has been moistened and you will get a light soft muffin. Over-mixing will cause it to become heavy.
10 ml oil for frying
half a large onion, chopped
500 ml flour (or 375 ml flour and 125 ml oat bran for a healthier option)
15 ml baking powder
2 ml salt
2 ml hot mustard powder
250 ml cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
80 ml sunflower oil
125 ml milk
250 ml cream-style sweetcorn
paprika for dusting (optional)
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion until soft.
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and mustard powder together in a bowl and then add the grated cheese.
Beat eggs, oil and milk and add this to the dry ingredients together with the onion and sweetcorn, and mix until just combined.
Spoon the mixture into a greased 12 hole muffin pan until two-thirds full and dust with paprika if desired.
Bake at 180 C for about 20 minutes until they start to turn golden.
Add parsley, ham or bacon, chives or spring onion and garlic.
Makes about 12 muffins.